Do you hate your current kitchen table? Living with that kind of energy can’t be good for you, so it’s time to do something about it! Revamp or really just replace your existing dinner table with this incredibly easy DIY farmhouse table. You’ll only need a few items from your garage to get this project started and you’re sure to absolutely love the results. Stop hating your current kitchen table; you’re just one single DIY project from one that you’ll love. Let’s get started!
Here’s what you’ll need:
3 2×12” Tabletop pieces
2 2×6” Beadboard end pieces
4 4×4” Table Legs
2 4×4” Short stretcher pieces
1 2×4” Long stretcher pieces
2 2×4” Short apron pieces
2 2×4” Long apron pieces
2 1/2″ Pocket Hole Screws
Step One: To begin, you’ll have to start by making a few cuts to the lumber (after you have measurements, of course). Decided how long and tall you want your table and use those measurements when making any cuts. Add crosscuts to the beadboard, table legs, and even the table top. You can even cut the short aprons to meet your measurements (the short aprons will keep the legs attached to one another on the short side), but you should wait to cut the long ones.
Step Two: What’s a table without a sturdy base? Time to make one! Attach a leg on either side of the short aprons, using three-inch screws. Now you’ll want to clamp your table legs to the apron using a 1/8th-inch spacer. Repeat this very process on the other side. Once complete, you’ll have a sturdy foundation and your tabletop won’t be going anywhere!
Step Three: Now, you’re going to cut a cross-lap joint in the middle of the small apron. Once completed, this slot is where your long stretcher will be placed! Glue the long stretchers into the short ones. Make sure that you wait for everything to dry before moving on. It could affect the end result of your DIY farmhouse table.
Step Four: Once dry, move your table legs even with the stretchers and assemble everything with screws. I used pocket screws for my DIY farmhouse table, but you can use whatever kind of screws that work best for you!
Step Five: Now that your legs and framing pieces have been attached together, you should begin building the pieces of your tabletop. Fit your tabletop pieces together tightly, securing everything together with wood glue. Secure the pieces together with a few more pocket screws, ensuring that your project stays together for as long as you’d like! You’ll want to use a rag or a tack-free cloth to remove any excess glue from your tabletop. You won’t like the way it looks once dry.
Step Six: Here comes the fun part: time to attach your tabletop! Use right angle brackets to attach your freshly-dried tabletop to the table legs. After I finish each of my DIY furniture projects, I like to go to town with an electric sander. Sanding your furniture before you paint really does affect the finish and you’ll be so glad that you did it.
Step Seven: Finish sanding? Stain your new farmhouse table if you would like, or use my chalk paint guide to give it a farmhouse finish!